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David Luiz adamant he won’t change defensive approach after Liverpool errors

By Ben Green

Published: 17:28, 26 August 2019

Arsenal summer recruit David Luiz has vowed to uphold his risk-taking approach to defending, despite being at fault for two goals against Liverpool on Saturday.

The Brazilian centre-back had a match to forget as the Reds inflicted a fourth straight Anfield defeat on Arsenal with a comfortable 3-1 win.

Luiz’s approach: Five things to know…

  • Luiz has forged a reputation for an adventurous approach to defending.
  • Despite being a world class reader of the game, he has been susceptible to reckless challenges as well as lapses in concentration.
  • Luiz can therefore be considered a more unorthodox centre-back, known for his distribution and set-piece credentials.
  • Since the start of 2016/17 Luiz has made 691 passes into the final third – the fourth most of any Premier League centre-back.
  • The Brazilian has now vowed to maintain his approach to defending despite being guilty of two aberrations over the weekend.

Luiz was no stranger to a moment of madness during his Chelsea days, and that audacious mentality manifested over the weekend as a clumsy shirt pull on Mohamed Salah gifted the Merseysiders a penalty, before he was dismissively rounded by the Egyptian ace for the hosts’ third goal.

Naturally, Luiz has come in for some criticism after the game, but the seasoned defender has waved away suggestions he will adapt his approach to appease purists, instead letting Gooners know that he will bring his Stamford Bridge form to north London.

He said: “I think now in the modern football everybody defends when they don’t have the ball and everybody attacks when they do have the ball.

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“I think I am just trying to bring here what I did in the last clubs I play for, trying to make everybody believe we can do some big things, trying to do my best, this is going to be always like that.

“For me it is about the end, it is not about the beginning. In the end, you are going to make the counts and you are going to see what went well and what did not and in this period we have to try and improve.

“This is the mentality for life. I think in life you have to be able to learn every single day.”

Arsenal’s early season momentum subsided on Saturday as goals from Salah and Joel Matip condemned them to a first defeat of the campaign, but Unai Emery will be hoping to bounce back when his side take on Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday.